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Starred Review. Serbian speculative fictionist Zivkovic's latest novel to be released in the U.S. (after 2006's Seven Touches of Music) isn't so much a literary work to be read as it is one to be reveled in. Like a great work of abstract art, this surrealistic novel—about five women who contend with fate in very different ways—is layered with subtle symbolism and nuance, and should be savored slowly so that the profound, and sometimes disturbing, existential underpinnings can be duly discerned. Featuring story lines about a schoolgirl who can see into other people's dreams, an institutionalized woman with the ability to know the future, a world-weary fortune teller who stumbles across true divination, a skier who's offered unconventional wisdom on a mountaintop and an elderly woman who loses her will to live when her alarm clock breaks, this montage of stories is as enlightening as it is entrancing. (Sept.)
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"Simply stated, Zoran Zivkovic is one of the most visionary and talented speculative fiction novelists in the world." —The New York Review of Science Fiction
"Ethereal and intelligent . . . Zivkovic writes novels that slot together fables in delicate layers and books that subtly re-define reality." —The Agony Column
"Each story by itself is a masterpiece in short fiction but the whole, ah the whole!" —Ideomancer
"Confirms Zivkovic's status as a master. The book's chief flaw is that there is simply not enough of it, leaving us wanting more." —Fantasy Book Spot